Seamus Heaney

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The Turnip Snedder, in true Heaney fashion, is based on an agrarian structure on the surface.
Heaney’s fondness for the fusion of the earthy and ethereal is shaped delicately yet again in this piece of his work. Being the poem that serves to launch the rush of conflicting ideas that Heaney presents in District and Circle, the Turnip Snedder has its roots in the photograph that’s reproduced on its book jacket. The photograph found by the Irish painter Hughie O’ Donoghue, contains the image of a man in his Sunday best, standing beside an antique contraption of wood and metal used for the purpose of crushing turnips.And despite its unremarkable personality that’s the precise object that flagged Heaney’s train of thought and resulted into another epic masterpiece.
Heaney’s ability of cleverly mingling the old ghosts with the new visions and to play with satire and stark opposites is as much apparent in District and Circle as in any other of his books and The Turnip Snedder is a perfect kick start for such a piece of work.
The Snedder on its examination proves to be a cumbersome and barbaric looking thing, as much a weapon as a tool. In the times when efficient and shiny battery or solar-operated machinery was not yet introduced the Snedder was a helpful mate of the farmer and his men.
Despite all its ugly and hefty appearance it had the precision needed to do the job. And as a job connected to earth and harvest requires hard work, sweat and strength, it can be agreed that a tool of the standard of a Snedder, was much more appropriate for it rather than any kind of gadget that can be produced in modern day.
Therefore no matter how strong we may be the supporters of a modern era with its whirring and ticking technology the authenticity of the old and traditional is yet to be challenged. Keeping these thoughts in the background Heaney gives us the first lines of the…...

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